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Shipping Containers Zoning By-law Amendment

By City Staff

Sarnia City Council is preparing to amend its Zoning By-law No. 85 of 2002 to introduce zoning regulations for shipping containers.

Zoning By-law Amendment No. 2-2016-85 of 2002 was initiated by the City in response to concerns associated with the increased and unregulated use of shipping containers as permanent storage buildings throughout the City.

Shipping containers are reusable, intermodal transport containers, used for the transport of goods and materials on ships, trains and trucks. They are made of steel and have a standardized width of 2.4m and height of 2.6m. They range in length from 1.5m to 16m and have steel doors at one end.

Photo of shipping containers

shipping container

A copy of the Shipping Containers staff report which includes the draft proposed Zoning By-law amendment is posted on this web site.

The proposed Zoning By-law amendment will be considered by Sarnia City Council at a public meeting to be held on Monday, October 24, 2016, at 4:00 P.M at City Hall.

UPDATED TIME: An informal open house/information meeting will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2016, from 7:00-8:30 P.M. at City Hall, Committee Room #2 and all members of the public are welcome to attend.

For more information or if you wish to submit written comments on the proposed Zoning By-law amendment, please include your name and mailing address for the public record. Your comments may be submitted by:

E-mail: planning@sarnia.ca or dropped off or mailed to City Hall at:

Attn. Planning and Building Department
255 Christina Street N.
P.O. Box 3018,
Sarnia, ON N7T 7N2

This application was circulated to the Chamber of Comments and preliminary comments were received. These comments will be integrated into the October Staff report that is sent to Council. 

This article was posted Thursday, August 25, 2016 4:45 PM

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